U.S. Office of Inter-American Affairs
Tour of old and new in Bolivian capital.
Film journey through Bolivia's capital and highest big city in the world. Contrasts old and new in Latin America.
BOLIVIA LA PAZ LATIN SOUTH AMERICA INDIANS MOUNTAINS
December 11, 2003
A City Where Everyone Is High
Standard-issue travelogue on La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. Since this was made by the government, it focuses more on the various cultural groups and on economic development than on touristy things. The stuff about the different cultural groups is pretty interesting, actually, as are the oddities related to La Pazs extremely high altitude. I would love to get a bunch of those miniature items that the natives are shown selling during a particular festival. Mostly, though, this is pretty ordinary.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
September 24, 2003
You've blown it all sky high.
An interesting documentary that is utterly fascinating for the first 5 minutes, but seems to loose it's grip and somewhat limps along to it's conclusion. La Paz, in Bolivia, is the highest elevated city. Because of this, tourists who walk uphill it says, feels like you're walking up 10 flights of stairs. Nobody has fire insurance, as the lack of oxygen can't sustain fire for very long. You see all these totally interesting facts emerge, which are engrossing. But then the film focuses on the nurses, the sporting events and the music, which is sort of interesting, but not as interesting as the height facts.
June 13, 2003
Excelent documental, I think some things are missed
First of all many thanks to made this documental available is very nostalgic for me. I'm bolivian and I live in the "modern" La Paz, so I can compare the scenes on this old movie and the new real ones.
Related with the script, I can see the author tried to emphasished the altitude that my city is, our usual normal and traditional activities and our mixed culture.
The photography is well done (I wished the digitalization process used a stabilizer software before the final format).
As bolivian I wished to see something about our food (we have a great variaty and good tastes), but finally, the content is excelent.